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ICC CWC 2019: Grieving Asif rejoins Pakistan squad after daughter's funeral

Asif left the team's tour of England and returned to Pakistan following the death last Sunday of 19-month-old Dua Fatima, who had been receiving cancer treatment in the United States

AFP I PTI  |  Karachi 

Asif Ali | Courtesy: @Aasifali2018
Asif Ali | Courtesy: @Aasifali2018

Grieving cricketer on Saturday left for to join up with his country's squad following the funeral of his daughter, who he said will continue to be his strength and inspiration.

Asif left the team's tour of and returned to following the death last Sunday of 19-month-old Dua Fatima, who had been receiving cancer treatment in the United States.

She was buried in the Punjab province city of Faisalabad on Thursday.

"I want to remember Dua Fatima as a warrior," tweeted 27-year-old Asif.

"She was my strength and inspiration. The fragrance of her memories is going to stay with me forever."

"I again request you all to pray for the soul of my princess. Thanks again for being there for me."

Middle-order batsman Asif was not named in the preliminary squad for the but was called up after hitting two half-centuries in the ODI series against England, which lost 4-0.

He will be available for Pakistan's second warm-up match against in Cardiff on Sunday.

Asif called on Pakistan fans to support the side, who open their campaign with a match against the in Nottingham on Friday.

"We as a team will be in need of your prayers and unconditional support."

First Published: Sat, May 25 2019. 19:30 IST